FC: What matters to us: Our beliefs, values and opinions Extracts from Community Writing Workshop 2013 Max Webber Library, Blacktown
1: Bala The most important aspect of life is to lead a happy and contented life. Happiness can be achieved in several ways – not necessarily through financial freedom alone. Being successful in our chosen progression is just one way of being happy. I would like to be accepted as a man who can guide and shape the lives of others.
2: Dalia What brings me peace? Meditation in places that I am now comfortable with. Places that are so familiar and beautiful that I feel safe and at complete peace. Prayer in the night with my true companion. It is only to you that I grieve and show my absolute joy and as a true friend, dearest Rahman, you comfort me and give me the assurance, the protection and certainty I need.
4: Lizzie What matters most to me? Love is the ground I walk upon, the heartbeat and the pulse – it is there behind my wolves to catch me at moments of exhaustion and despair. The people I love, the man in my life, my children, music, art, books, comedy and being by the ocean, all of these pulses of love break through the turmoil that daily life can bring. The wolves will always tussle and wrestle each other, I know that, but love will also have its way.
6: Lisa B What gives me peace? I gain peace when I know that I am being me. Who am I? I guess I am all the things I write about. I am peaceful and content when I experience life in its full glory. It could be just by looking at a bright sunny yellow Gerbera and being completely absorbed by that or crying my heart out when need be.
8: Lisa B. Who is the most important person? He was born quite tiny but with such piercing, steady and beautiful eyes. I felt very vulnerable to be honest that this tiny being could or I believe was, and is filled, with so much wisdom. Nico is fifteen now. He is tall, slender and has a beautiful baritone voice that I know is going to get even deeper as he grows taller. During one of those days when I was running around in a frenzy, he placed his hands firmly but gently on my shoulders and said, ‘Mom, you need to slow down and eat something’ and I knew he was right. I’m so in awe until today, I know he will be even more awesome when I am no longer. Last week he offered to go with me for my MRI. My baby is now a young man, he’s so steady and patient...